Get ready for the winter

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Keep your home safe this winter!

Now that the nights are drawing in and the days are getting shorter, it’s time to check your home over to ensure that it’s in good shape for the upcoming winter months. Taking action now could save you time and money further down the line.

1) Check over your roof If you have a flat roof, make sure it is in good condition and free from leaks. With little or no insulation, flat roofs can feel like an icebox once temperatures drop below freezing. Make sure that gutters and downpipes are in good working order.

2) Checking pipework Roofing pipes and gutters get battered by winter weather, so it’s a good idea to do a check for broken pipework and clogged guttering before temperatures drop. If you notice any problems, be sure to repair them straight away—you don’t want water leaking into your house.

3) Look at all doors and windows To begin, you’ll want to make sure every door and window in your house is secure.

4) Examine gutters and guttering If you notice that leaves, twigs or other debris is being funnelled into your gutters, it’s time to have a look at them. If you find gutters have been neglected for a while and could do with a proper clean out, don’t try to do it yourself.

5) Winterise hot water tanks Hot water tanks are a key component of a functional heating system in a home, so it’s important to have them fully operational during cold months. In an effort to keep hot water flowing freely through your pipes, you should check them every autumn for leaks and replace corroded pipes. If you don’t know how to do these things yourself, contact a The Builders before winter hits.